TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 03/21/12

This week, we have spoilers for Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who and Supernatural. Also, NBC show Grimm has been renewed for a second season. J. Keith Haney will continue to review it for us come fall. You can read his reviews of the current season every Thursday after a new episode:

Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina

So, the big news this week came out at Wondercon, thanks to William Keck: “At #onceuponatime #wondercon panel, executive producers tell me the Huntsman will reappear in season finale which begins shooting this week.”

Fans of Jamie Gorman’s Huntsman/Sheriff rejoice! I’m guessing it’s only in flashbacks, though, since the Sheriff seems thoroughly dead in the real world.

The next big news is that Adam Horowitz announced the title for the finale: “Our #OnceUponATime season finale title: “A Land Without Magic” — so excited for y’all to see it!”

Spoiler TV and TV Line both have some pictures up for the “Stable Boy” episode. Looks like we see when/why the Evil Queen married Snow’s father!

Here’s the promo for next week’s episode, “Hat Trick”.

TV Line also has some pictures up for it, as well as this tidbit about it: “When Emma goes searching for a missing Mary Margaret in the March 25 episode, she crosses paths with Stan’s character, a man who loves hats so much, he’s teetering on the edge of madness. In fact, he’s so nuts, he kidnaps the Sheriff! Is it August to the rescue?

“As EP Steve Pearlman told TV Line, the Mad Hatter episode ‘is quite a big one for Emma. She comes into contact with a new character in Storybrooke who starts her onto a bit of a different journey’ – to where, the town milliner?”

Kristin at E!online had a little tidbit about Red and a potential love interest for her. Or not.

Itsslexi: Since Red’s love interest in fairy-tale land is dead, will she have one in Storybrooke?
“Not yet, much to Meghan Ory’s dismay! ‘I sure hope so!’ Ory says when we ask about a new love interest for Red/Ruby on Once Upon a Time. ‘I think she deserves it.’ While she thinks it would be cool to bring in a new fairy-tale character to be Red’s main squeeze, Ory tells us she wouldn’t mind sharing more (or any, actually) screen time with Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle)!”

Meghan Ory (Red Riding Hood, Ruby) had a few post-episode interviews come out with her thoughts on the Red Riding Hood twist, and what’s to come for her and Ruby – with E! Online, Zap2it, and the Hollywood Reporter.

Ratings are out for this week’s episode. It received a 2.9/8 in the demos (steady), and 8.69 million viewers (down from 9.29 last week).

Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina

The big news is that the new Who Companion was announced today at 10:30am GMT! It’s Jenna-Louise Coleman, formerly of Emmerdale and Titanic! 2012 will have six episodes, including the Christmas special when Coleman will first appear, and there will be eight in 2013. The Doctor Who spoiler sites, Doctor Who News and Doctor Who TV also have the news up.

Rory and Amy’s last episode will be number five, which brings back the Weeping Angels. Someone may die: “Steven: ‘Amy & Rory will leave in a final encounter with the Weeping Angels in ep 5. Not everyone gets out alive and I mean it this time.'”

Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

The big news this week (albeit not the biggest spoiler) is that Jared Padalecki and his wife Genevieve Cortese’s son was born late Monday evening, according to his official Twitter account. Congratulations to the Padaleckis on the new addition to their family!

While Padalecki has said he will take a few days off, we really don’t know how much time it will actually end up being. The show should currently be at the end of filming 7.20 and the beginning of filming 7.21, with filming of 7.22 not set to begin until next week and wrapping on April 5. We also don’t know how much he will be absent – or not – from episodes in the latter part of the season. The show has been very chary about those details, seeing as how they would be highly spoilery. As usual, lacking much to add, Ausiello and Kristin each watched the same promos you can find linked in this column and posted a few details from them as “inside info”. If that’s what it takes to be a full-time TV columnist, then Silvia needs to pay me more.

Speaking of Jared Padalecki, we got a (very) brief interview of about ten seconds from him on the TV Guide site, a longer one for CW Connect, and yet another interview about 7.17 (which repeated a lot of the same stuff from previous interviews and said the episode would be Sam-heavy, though whether that will be true, of course, remains to be seen). The clip for 7.17 is a Sam, Dean and Fauxifer three-way, with Sam being visited in a mental hospital by Dean and telling Dean there’s no hope for him (Dean, naturally, begs to differ). In contrast, the promos from the CW and from CHCH (Canada) concentrate on Dean reuniting with Castiel, though I suspect that brief bit of Sam in the Canadian promo is a big old spoiler for anyone who isn’t already figuring Castiel’s going to heal Sam. Admittedly, that won’t be confirmed until the episode airs this Friday. Despite the remarkably linearity of the past three seasons’ plots, they do occasionally get a twist in there, though if there is one, it’s likely to be of the “Oh, Sam is healthy and fine again for now, but we’ve introduced yet another wrinkle to make him VERY FRAGILE. AGAIN.” Otherwise, there’d be no more plot reasons for Sam to avoid responsibility for his actions in the past few seasons. Can’t have that.

From the controversy being generated over these videos, I can already see that this will be one of those episodes intended to have something for everyone that will instead divide the fandom (again). Some fans are thrilled to see Sam hurt/comfort and want as much of that as possible, but are already bemoaning the presence (at all) of Castiel in the episode. Other fans are already angry that Sam appears to be blaming Dean for breaking his soul out of Hell (seeing as how that’s the dumbest angle the show ever had multiple characters push) and can’t wait for Castiel to come back. The latter group is annoyed by the parallels with “Faith” (where the writer of the same two episodes seems to have forgotten that Dean in “Faith” was heroically injured saving kids and was told he would die in a few weeks, rather than deciding he’d just give up and be a wuss after endless months of broody angst). Needless to say, somebody’s going to end up unhappy.

Sera Gamble gave two interviews last week. Pretty sure the way she describes Sam’s nervous breakdown is not how psychotic breaks work. In the first one, she teases that both Sam and Dean will be affected by Sam’s stay in the psych hospital and that Sam might never recover from it [makes dramatic and rude hand gesture]. I just love how this show portrays psych hospitals as snakepits, don’t you? They couldn’t possibly have been established to help you get better.

In the second one, however, she does confirm Felicia Day’s casting in 7.20 as the title character (“The Girl with the Dungeons & Dragons Tattoo”), named ‘Charlie’. Seems Charlie works as a low-level computer tech for Dick Roman and Dean finds her. Her life is about to get very ugly, because I’m suspect that Dean will be ruthless in exploiting her as a whistleblower and corporate spy. On the other hand, the way Gamble overhypes what turned out to be a few minutes of Dean obsessing over a pair of ballet shoes makes me think this character won’t be especially prominent, either.

Gamble, Padalecki and Ackles also did a sort of joint interview with Laura Prudhom. Though Prudhom asked some good questions, everyone was pretty cagey (Prudhom mentioned that they were avoiding spoiling much so near the end of the season, which is par for the March course). Padalecki did hint that the tables would turn between Sam and Dean post-7.17, and that Dean would only be able to stretch his caretaker role so far in coping with the hits that keep on coming: “Sam’s trying to take care of himself and his brother. His brother right now is kind of trying to take care of everybody else but himself, and so we’ll see where that comes to a head towards the end of the season.” Ackles also confirmed that Dean’s drinking storyline isn’t going anywhere (and that he’s self-medicating in other ways, too): Dean is “still very focused, yes. Still wants vengeance, yes. Still angry at the world and everything around him, yes. Still numbing his feelings with the whiskey or whatever he can get his hands on…And so I think that, ultimately, it’s got to come to some sort of a climax….” Would that climax be in the season finale, perhaps? Prudhom seemed to think so.

Late Edit: Part two of Prudhom’s three-way interview is also out. It’s interesting to see there’s already a seismic shift in the spoilers from Sam’s hellpain (which now seems almost a dead cert to be fixed this Friday) and Castiel’s return (which has been as spoiled as it’s going to get) to the MOTW stuff (which I suspect will be used to cover up the “real” Leviathan storyline each week) and an imminent breakdown for Dean. Don’t expect any quick fixes for that. Ackles says that it hasn’t happened yet in what they’re filming (circa 7.21), but he’s sure it will. That supports the idea that Dean’s crack-up will go hand-in-hand with the season finale. The MOTW stuff, so far, is the show’s usual mess of gender and ethnic cliches, copying departed characters with pale imitations. Let’s hope the actors they cast can salvage something out of that. On the other hand, I’m all for Meg coming back (as long as they don’t kill her off) and more exploration of the lives of long-term demon hosts. It would be entertaining to see her team up with Dean to take down the rest of the universe. Yes, I know. She killed Ellen and Jo. And he killed her brother and father. But that’s why it would be fun to watch.

Just keep in mind that Ask Kristin’s latest spoiler should be taken with a big grain of salt, as Kristin often distorts already-known spoilers (like, say, the hunter in 7.19 or the computer geek in 7.20) well beyond recognition, or what we’ll actually see on the show.

A second clip for 7.17 is out, this time between Dean and an amnesiac Castiel. It seems Dean is having a hard time forgiving Castiel…and is also having a hard time keeping it all together. Also, Misha Collins discussed his latest investment – breast implants. Oh, and that he would be in at least “three more episodes”, though whether he included 7.17 in that or not….

New episodes will air through March 30. There will then be repeats on April 6 and 13, and the last five episodes of the season will air in a row, with a season finale on May 18. I’ve seen it reported that Ben Edlund wrote 7.21, Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin 7.22, and everyone is currently presuming that means Sera Gamble will write 7.23.

Bob Singer also gave a new interview that pretty much flew under the wire. Despite that, it was spoilery. In it Singer talked a bit about 7.18 (The alcoholics MOTW), confirming that Dean would be the one principally able to fight it: “The monster is invisible to everyone and there’s no one better to take on the drinking than Dean.” Singer also did a producer’s preview for 7.16.

Finally, the demo for “Out with the Old” dipped slightly to a 0.7/2, but audiences remained solid at 1.73 million. With CW shows like Nikita and Ringer plummeting to 0.4s, and Gossip Girl staying barely above one million and a 0.6, Supernatural is in no more ratings danger than before.

We’ll be back next week with more spoilers. Stay tuned and check out our reviews of Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Event, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, and Supernatural.

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